Who was Pandit Birju Maharaj?
|A. Legendary Kathak dancer|
|B. ISRO Scientist|
|C. Indian Athlete|
|D. Kannada film artist|
Answer: Legendary Kathak dancer
Explanation: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed deep grief over the passing away of legendary Kathak dancer Pandit Birju Maharaj.
Pandit Birju Maharaj (1937 – 2022), better known simply as Birju Maharaj, was an Indian dancer, composer, singer and exponent of the Lucknow “Kalka-Bindadin” Gharana of Kathak dance in India.
He was a descendant of the Maharaj family of Kathak dancers, which includes his two uncles, Shambhu Maharaj and Lachhu Maharaj, and his father and guru, Acchan Maharaj.
He also practised Hindustani classical music and was a vocalist.
After working along with his uncle, Shambhu Maharaj at Bhartiya Kala Kendra, later the Kathak Kendra, New Delhi, he remained head of the latter, for several years, till his retirement in 1998 when he opened his own dance school, Kalashram, also in Delhi.
Awards and honours
- 1964 – Sangeet Natak Akademi Award
- 1986 – Padma Vibhushan
- 1986 – Nritya Choodamani Award by Sri Krishna Gana Sabha
- 1987 – Kalidas Samman
- 2002 – Lata Mangeshkar Puraskar
- Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award